In the beginning there were no churches; it was simply a relationship between God and Man, and another relationship between Adam and Eve. I started writing to share with others about what I have discovered through my relationship with God and to bring about new relationships with others. I don’t know everything, actually I know very little, but I believe it is important to have a community with others to sharpen our swords. My blog is called, YODHEYWRITER; Yod and Hey are two Hebrew letters that spell the word: ‘chai’ which means ‘life’. The letter ‘yod’ itself means ‘hand’ and the letter ‘hey’ means ‘revelation’, so life means the hand that brings revelation. Yod and Hey are also the first two letters that make up the ancient name of God, Yod Hey Vav Hey; which makes sense because all life flows from God. So I pray that life happens with all of us; that we all have the ultimate revelation that Yeshua is Lord of all and that we allow our lives to flow with God’s will.
Over the past few years I have been to many different churches, under many different denominations. I have seen too many people that stop believing in God due to churches. Churches, religion, and denominations are evil. Yep I said it; it’s evil. My dad always proposed a theory about the three sixes that numbered the devil. The number six can be correlated directly with man, after all we were created on the sixth day. My dad asks rhetorically, “What are three things that no matter who you are or where you live you are constantly forced to operate within?” He responds with, “Government, Money and Religion.” These three things are manmade and they are evil.
Divide and conquer is a major device that the enemy uses against us, if we were one people with one God then the enemy would have trouble harming us. However, over the course of man’s existence we have continued to divide ourselves over the most absurd reasons. I have seen people divide due to the kind of music or instruments that people want to play in congregations. People have divided themselves over issues like the Trinity, or the Sabbath day, or what we should wear to church. We see more divisions occur on what name we should call God, or if we should wash our hands before we eat, or should we pray after or before the meal. Jeremiah 23:1, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.” This is serious stuff!
I am so tired of churches adding and taking away from the scripture. I am so tired of pastors that care more about how much they know than caring about how much love and compassion we should have towards each other. I am so tired of pastors that are more worried about the number of views or attendees they get than the number of lives they have changed. I recently came into contact with a young man that lost his faith because of all the hate that he witnessed in his church throughout his life. I witnessed this same man try to come back to the church but was thrown to the curve because he made a mistake. This is scary! Ecclesiates 7:20, “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” Now we must all look in the mirror and ask our Father in Heaven to reveal our sin and then ask Him for forgiveness and then ask for the strength to overcome this sin in your life. Christians get a bad rep for being hypocritical, but we all make mistakes and we have all fallen short of the glory of God. I love the analogy I heard on the radio this past week though; hating a sinner for being Christian is like hating someone that’s an alcoholic for attending AA meetings. We are scum and God says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags,” Isaiah 64:6. Paul says he is the chief sinner! Paul who wrote the majority of the New Testament is the chief sinner? We are Christian not because we are perfect or holier than thou, but because we need God’s grace to have life! Without His hand bringing revelation to us then we will cease to exist.
One question we should all ask ourselves, especially pastors and churches, what is your motivation for what you do and do your actions align with that motivation? If we never audit our doctrines or motivations then we will stray from the narrow path. The devil is much smarter than all of us; the devil would never have us go 45 degrees off the path; instead he will have us go 1 degree off the path so that you will continue living your life in a manner that you believe is right, and it could take thousands of miles down the path before you realize that your off of it. When Jesus called Peter to walk on the water Peter had no problem with it until he took his eyes off Jesus; then he fell in the water. How often do we look down? How often does our motivation sway from pointing to our Lord and Savior Yeshua? 1 Corinthians 9:26, “Accordingly, I don’t run aimlessly but straight for the finish line; I don’t shadow-box but try to make every punch count.”
The 9th of Av was this past week. The 9th of Av is a mysterious and terrible day for God’s people. The first and second temple were both destroyed on this day. It is also said that this same day is the day that the spies returned back to camp to give a bad report about the land that God is giving to His people. Sin is the reason the temples were destroyed! Are we not the temple of God? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or don’t you know that your body is a temple for the Ruach HaKodesh who lives inside you, whom you received from God? The fact is, you don’t belong to yourselves; 20 for you were bought at a price. So use your bodies to glorify God.” This time of year reminds me who I am and who I belong to. We were all made in the image of God and we are all His children. After Antiochus Epiphanes desolated the temple by having unclean sacrifices on God’s altar, God’s people cleansed the temple and made it whole again. We too must inspect our lives and make it Holy and Clean. Matthew 5:48, “48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
I am truly worried for the people living in this age. We have become a confused people; we are beginning to not even know male from female any more. God is not the father of confusion, ‘1 Corinthians 14:33.’ Do you even know the difference between Holy and profane or clean and unclean? Ezekiel 44:23, “They are to teach my people the difference between holy and common and enable them to distinguish between clean and unclean.” My fear is that we are not teaching these things anymore and unfortunately Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Quit looking for your pastor or church to provide you with knowledge. Quit relying on man to gain your salvation. Seek God with all your heart, pray without ceasing, never settle on where you are on your walk with God, and continue to grow your relationships with others. Keep your eyes on Christ and let all your decisions be aligned with that. I heard someone say, “When you pray you’re talking to God but when you read the bible He’s talking to you.” Start auditing your temple, and rededicate it to the God of the universe. Pray, study God’s Word, and remember two things: Love God and Love your Neighbor.
I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.